Rugby League

Plight Of Local Players Motivates Petero Civoniceva

The rugby legend and former Vodafone Fijian Bati captain told SUNsports he returned to Australia and kept thinking on how he could help lift the local competition.
23 Jun 2019 16:30
Plight Of Local Players Motivates Petero Civoniceva
Petero Civoniceva and wife Bonnie Civoniceva. Photo : Zimbio

Listening to the plight of local-based players during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup in London motivated Petero Civoniceva to do something.

The rugby legend and former Vodafone Fijian Bati captain told SUNsports he returned to Australia and kept thinking on how he could help lift the local competition.

“It was when the Papua New Guinea Hunters was allowed to play in the Queensland Cup competition that kept me going and thinking,” he said.

“I studied the model that they had adopted and spoke to a few people that were behind it.

“It was then I started to work on a model to get a Fijian team consisting of local-based players to play in the NSW Cup competition.”

Civoniceva said it was the start of a five-year journey and it had been a tough one.

“There were challenges like finance and other sort of stuff.”

He said it was on Thursday that he received a call from the NSWRL informing him that the Board has met and agreed on Fiji’s inclusion in next year’s competition.

Civoniceva will sit down with the Fiji National Rugby League board of directors to finalise the finer details of the partnership.

“The team will be coached by the Fiji Bati head coach Brandon Costin and we’ll get in a qualified people,” he said.

“We are looking at Nadi as a possible site for our base.”

Civoniceva urged local players to continue with their training.

-Edited by Osea Bola

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